8 Best Baltimore Waterfronts For Killer Cocktails

best baltimore waterfronts for killer cocktails
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As the summer sinks in, everyone wants a chance to feel a breeze whisk across the water to break the heat. Baltimore’s historic harbor is known for its role as a merchant port during our country’s earliest days and now the harbor is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Taking a stroll along Fells Point and into the Inner Harbor you will find dozens of dining options. Having a refreshing cocktail in hand is even more desirable.

Baltimore’s many waterfront bars and restaurants are ideal for outdoor dining, with beautifully decorated patios and rooftops beaming with light. Baltimore sees plenty of snowy weather well into the spring so when it finally defrosts, everyone wants to spend their days enjoying the sun and gazing across the water. You can’t go wrong with a drink and a meal by the waterfront. To help you make your choice among the many, many options, these eight spots are sure to impress.

1. Sip in harbor style

The Boathouse Canton features an inspired dock bar overlooking the harbor with magnificent views. Frequent visitors love the sunset views, exceptional service and of course, the delicious cocktails served by the bar like the signature Paloma Rosado, a refreshing tequila drink with a sparkling twist. Venture out to The Boathouse during happy hour for great discounts on drinks, oysters and small bites.

The Boathouse Canton

Address: 2809 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States

Website:The Boathouse Canton

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2. Wit on the water

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

The Baltimore Four Seasons is home to the Wit and Wisdom, a masterful mix of class and casual, perfect for after work and date night. Frequent wine tastings from wineries around the world, Baltimore classics such as crushed fruit mixtures, and their own unique flare of seasonal creations. As one of the newer outdoor destinations, Wit and Wisdom is proving to be one of this summer’s favorite watering holes. Be sure to arrive early for dinner, and if you’re looking for a brunch destination, reservations are highly recommended to get the best view for you and your crew.

Wit and Wisdom

Address: 200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202, United States

Website:Wit and Wisdom

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3. Sunsets and sushi

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Azumi is one of Baltimore’s most celebrated Japanese style restaurants, situated in the East Harbor and featuring a casual yet elegant patio set up. Diners and drink enthusiasts alike are drawn to Azumi’s superior style and delicious pairings including fruit-infused cocktails like the lychee martini. With effortlessly beautiful presentation and an extensive sushi selection, you will be sure to rave about the experience to your friends.

Azumi Restaurant

Address: 725 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202, United States

Website: Azumi Restaurant

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4. A tropical escape

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Beat the heat under the shade of Bo Brooks Tiki hut, with tropical drinks and what many consider to be the best steamed crabs in Baltimore; you’re in for a special treat. This laid back local fav is open to furry friends on their outside deck. A top pick for birthdays, family events or just a Saturday out enjoying the weather. The beautiful Fells Point views and provided games will help make the day fly by so you can see the sunset in tropical style.

Bo Brooks

Address: 2780 Lighthouse Point E, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States

Website: Bo Brooks

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5. Visions of the Mediterranean

Ouzo Bay is anther happy hour favorite serving up amazing Greek cuisine on the Inner Harbor. With lush outdoor seating inspired by the blue and green waters of Greece and half priced appetizers such as baked feta and calamari, you will be instantly enchanted by this upscale experience. The unique feature is their extensive list of traditional Greek Ouzo. They feature over 10 varieties to try that will transport your senses to the Mediterranean sea with refreshing concoctions. A robust wine list and small batch whiskey offering help make Ouzo Bay a favorite for foodies and mixology lovers alike.

Ouzo Bay

Address: 1000 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD 21202, United States

Website: Ouzo Bay

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6. Thames Street lounging

Just a short walk or drive from the busy Inner Harbor Center is Thames-street, a charmingly old-fashioned neighborhood with brightly colored shops and houses fashioned in the 20th-century style. Among the busy cobblestone streets sits a bright blue house, petite yet beautiful.

Thames Street Oyster House is a rising star in Baltimore’s large seafood scene. However, situated across the street from the harbor, sitting out on the front patio, or inside facing glass windows, the serene ambiance is unmistakable. Known for their large selection of oysters and infamous local crab cakes, Thames Street is also a perfect choice for craft cocktails like their amazing Mezcal Buck featuring Maine root beer and Mayalen Mezcal.

Thames Street Oyster House

Address: 1728 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, United States

Website: Thames Street Oyster House

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7. A mixologist's dream on the water

Live music, drinks, and food can all be found at the casual chic waterfront spot. Barcocina is a known for its beautifully crafted cocktails, with their bartenders and chefs winning awards for style and presentation year after year. You will want to try all of their cocktails and tasty Mexican-inspired offerings, so be sure to bring friends so you can do your own sampling. The casual, relaxed feel transforms at night to a lively party scene perfect for a girls night or out of town friend reunion.


Address: 1629 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, United States

Website: Barcocina

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8. Authentic Maryland charm

This old school tavern may not have an outer deck, but its location right across from the water is well worth a stop in. Penny Black is a Thames Street staple, serving the community with a family feel for generations. The pub-style fare and relaxed atmosphere will put you at ease as you try some local beer or one of their delicious bloody marys. Being family owned, the staff makes you feel right at home and frequent guests are given a warm welcome upon arrival. Make this your choice for brunch or a weekday lunch to find exceptional value in their daily specials.

Penny Black

Address: 1800 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, United States

Website: Penny Black

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Waterfront delight

Baltimore Inner Harbor from Federal Hill
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Kathleen Conklin used under CC BY 2.0

Historic Baltimore has much to offer, but in the summer your time is best spent enjoying the outdoors. From the Inner Harbor to the Central Park Heights, there is a whole world to be discovered inside city limits. When you need a break from exploring, the waterfront is the place to kick back, relax and reminisce about the day you’ve had. What better way to start off the story than with a refreshing cocktail made with care by one of Baltimore’s finest. Find your favorite harbor side hang out today.

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